- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Bust of Edmund Halley, right, hair long, in loose mantle trimmed with fur. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 54.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
One of Dassier's series of medals of illustrious men. (See Medallic Illustrations 2, p558.185 (registration no. M.8450).)
Edmund Halley, mathematician and astronomer, born at Haggerston, near London, 8 November 1656, was educated at St. Paul's School and Oxford. At the early age of twenty-two be was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and at the request of that body he undertook several expeditions for astronomical investigations. In 1703 he was appointed Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford, and in 1720, after the death of Flamsteed, became Astronomer Royal. He died 13 January 1742, in his eighty-sixth year. This medal was not struck till two years after his death.
See Snelling, Thomas, ‘Thirty-nine Plates of English Medals’, London, 1766, xxxi. 7; Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’, II. Pl. clxxxiv. 3.
- On display (G1/fc11)
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (589) (235)